50 years ago: Plenty of summer travel for district residents

In the July 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

George-Town-50-years-final“Mrs. Ainslie Bodden left for Brunswick, Georgia via Jacksonville where she visited her daughter Mrs. Bradford Gressman (Margaret) and her family. It is hoped that Mrs. Bodden our famous pie maker will benefit greatly from her trip.

“His Honour Judge Horsfall and Mrs. Horsfall, Mr. Val Cotterell clerk of the courts, and Mr. Arthur B. Hunter paid an official visit to Cayman Brac on the June 30, and returned on the 2nd of July.

“We rejoice with Mr. Harry Arch in having his wife back home again after her illness in Tampa.

“Mrs. J.A. Panton has returned after her enjoyable visit with her children. She is happy to be back home on the old rock again. Her daughter Mrs. Ken Panton is also on a brief visit home.

“Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Parchment celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary on the 30th of June. We wish them continued happiness.

“Mr. Joseph Degan arrived on the 30th of June. He was on the S.S. Ore Mercury of National Bulk Carriers. He sustained a toe injury which is in plaster. We wish for him a speedy recovery.

“Dr. J.T. Burrowes and nurse Scott returned to Jamaica after completing the cancer research in the Cayman Islands.

“Mr. and Mrs. Raib MacAllister McTaggart and their two handsome sons arrived from New York on the July 2 to spend a couple of weeks with Mac’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred McTaggart.

“Among the Northbound passengers on Sunday morning were Mr. and Mrs. Esterley C. Tibbetts and their daughter Janet. They will visit relatives and friends in Miami and Tampa. Mr. Tibbetts is the Superintendent of the Public Works Department and is on vacation leave. Janet has just received her leaving certificate from the Grammar School, on her return she will attend the commercial school.

“There was great excitement among the members of the Girls’ Brigade who welcomed Misses Gail McIntyre and Susan McBride of St. Catherine’s, Canada, who are on a four week exchange visit to Grand Cayman. A full programme has been arranged for them and it is hoped that this will be a beneficial visit to all concerned.”